The shirtless rioter who was pictured storming the U.S. Capitol in an outfit of horns and fur has told the FBI that he came to Washington D.C. on Wednesday “at the request of the President.”
Jake Angeli, 32, of Arizona, whose real name is Jacob Anthony Chansley, was arrested on Saturday and charged with “knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, and with violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds,” according to the Department of Justice.
A Capitol Police arrest affidavit shows that Chansley called into the Washington Field Office for the FBI on January 7, one day after the riots, and “voluntarily” confirmed to officials that he was the “male in face paint and headdress in the Vice President’s chair in the Senate.”
Chansley, who was among the mob that broke into the Capitol as lawmakers met to formally certify President-elect Joe Biden‘s 2020 presidential election win, said he “came as part of a group effort, with other ‘patriots’ from Arizona, at the request of the President,” according to the document.
Newsweek reached out to the White House for comment.
Chansley became a prominent figure of the incident after he was pictured inside the chambers shirtless, wearing horns with face paint featuring colors of the American flag, and covered in tattoos. He is now facing federal charges in relation to the incident.
After police secured the building and removed the rioters, several President Donald Trump loyalists began pushing a false narrative claiming that the Capitol had been breached by members of Antifa. “Some of the people who breached the Capitol today were not Trump supporters,” GOP Congressman Matt Gaetz of Florida said on the House floor. “They were masquerading as Trump supporters and in fact were members of the violent terrorist group Antifa.”
Chanley took to Twitter and insisted that he was not part of the Black Lives Matter or Antifa movements. “I’m a Qanon & digital soldier,” he tweeted. “My name is Jake & I marched with the police & fought against BLM & ANTIFA in PHX.”
Adam Johnson, 36, of Florida and Derrick Evans, 35, of West Virginia, were also charged in federal court in connection with the riots at the Capitol, the Department of Justice confirmed on Saturday.
Johnson, who was photographed carrying House Speaker Nancy Pelosi‘s lectern through the Capitol, was arrested on Friday and charged with one count of knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; one count of theft of government property; and one count of violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. He is currently in custody.
Evans, a new member of the West Virginia House of Delegates who live-streamed himself storming the Capitol, was taken into custody Friday and charged with one count of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; and one count of violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
In his livestream, Evans could be heard yelling, “We’re in, we’re in! Derrick Evans is in the Capitol!” On Saturday Evans announced his resignation as a delegate.